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Published April 26, 2016
southeast reviewThe Southeast Review spring issue (34.1) is chock-full of finalists and winning contest entries from their 2015 season.

World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest
Judged by Robert Olen Butler

Winner:
C. A. Kaufman, “Akron, Ohio: 1933”

Finalists:
Amina Gautier, “Thankful Chinese”
Lewis Holt, “Manliness”
Ashton Russell, “We Don’t Talk About Ifs”
Ashley Shelby, “Liberation: Kuwait”
Michaella A. Thornton, “Man Lace”

SER Gearhart Poetry Contest
Judged by David Kirby

Winner:
Carolyn Moore, “The Teen Romances Her Razor”

Finalists:
Sarah Gordon, “Creases, Folds”
Tom Kelly, “Funeral Glam”
Rebecca Lauren, “Elegy for a Band Mother”
Ralph Sneeden, “Contrapunctus (#2)”
Arne Weingart, “Piecework”

SER Narrative Nonfiction Contest
Judged by Bob Shacochis

Winner:
Will McGrath, “Death of the Virgin”

Finalists:
Heather Corrigan, “Widmarked”
A. Sandosharaj, “Dead Bird Stories for Nonbelievers”
Published April 26, 2016
eloise klein healyThe 28th annual Publishing Triangle Awards were presented on April 21, 2016.

Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement
Eloise Klein Healy [pictured]

The Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction
Winner: A Poet of the Invisible World by Michael Golding (Picador)

Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature
Winner: The Middle Notebookes by Nathanaël (Nightboat Books)

Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction
Winner: One Hundred Days of Rain by Carellin Brooks (BookThug)

The Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction
Winner: “No One Helped”: Kitty Genovese, New York City, and the Myth of Urban Apathy by Marcia M. Gallo (Cornell University Press)

The Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction
Winners [tie]:
Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage by Barney Frank (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
It’s Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, and Winning True Equality by Michelangelo Signorile (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

The Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry
Winner: Chord by Rick Barot (Sarabande Books)

The Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry
Winner: No Confession, No Mass by Jennifer Perrine (University of Nebraska Press)

For a full list of finalists and winners, visit the Publishing Triangle Awards website.
Published April 18, 2016
her infinite sawnie morrisThe New Issues Poetry Prize is awarded annually for a first book of poems, and was awarded to Sawnie Morris in 2015 for her collection Her, Infinite. The annual Green Rose Prize is awarded to an established poet with Bruce Cohen as the 2015 winner with his collection Imminent Disappearances, Impossible Numbers & Panoramic X-Rays. Both the winning books were published last month.

Advance praise calls Morris’s collection a “polyvocal, strident book of immense intelligence” (Major Jackson) and a “sensual and imaginative evocation of the heroin’s journey” (Annah Sobelman).

Cohen “might be the keeper of some vast secret surveillance system” as his collection is filled with the our day-to-day, and our intimate thoughts and feelings (David Rivard).

More information on both these titles, as well as sample poems, can be found at the New Issues Press website.

[quotes from publisher's website]
Published April 15, 2016
borrowed world emily leithauserThe Borrowed World by Emily Leithauser is forthcoming this July from Able Muse Press. Winner of the 2015 Able Muse Book Award, the poetry award presented annually, The Borrowed World is Leithauser’s first book.

Judge Peter Campion says of his selection, “Leithauser portrays the inevitability of loss, in romantic and familial relationships, and yet, without ever offering false resolutions or pat conclusions, she manages to make her poems themselves convincing stays against loss. I mean that this book is made to endure. The Borrowed World marks the arrival of a major talent.”

The Borrowed World is available for order at the Able Muse Press website, where digital editions will also be available upon publication.
Published April 14, 2016
new lettersNew Letters (v82 n2) features the winners of their 2015 Literary Awards:

The New Letters Prize for Poetry
Judge Ellen Bass
Five poems by Elizabeth Haukaas

The Alexander Cappon Prize for Fiction
Judge Jayne Anne Phillips
"A Tzaddikah Goes on the Lamb" by Cady Vishniac

The Dorothy Cappon Prize for Nonfiction Essay
Judge Floyd Skloot
"Our Little Jewish Girl" by Mindy Lewis

The contest deadline for this year is May 18, 2016 and awards a $1,500 prize for the winner in each category in addition to publication.
Published April 13, 2016
blood matthew cheneyBlack Lawrence Press annually awards The Hudson Prize for an unpublished collection of poems or short stories. In 2014, Matthew Cheney brought home the prize with his story collection Blood.

The stories in Blood, published in January 2016, range across various styles, modes, genres, and tones as they explore the worlds of family, love, memory, and loss.

More information about Blood can be found at the Black Lawrence Press website, where readers can also order copies of Cheney’s collection.
Published April 10, 2016
trouble the water derrick austinIn 2015, Derrick Austin was announced as the winner of the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize through BOA Editions, Ltd. The prize is awarded to honor a poet’s first book, as well as honoring the publisher’s late founder. Austin's winning title Trouble the Water will be published this month.

Rich in religious and artistic imagery, Trouble the Water is an intriguing exploration of race, sexuality, and identity, particularly where selfhood is in flux, interrogating what it means to be, as Austin says, “fully human as a queer, black body” in 21st-century America.

Copies of Trouble the Water are available for preorder at BOA Editions, Ltd.’s website.
Published April 06, 2016
all the beautiful dead christien gholsonBitter Oleander Press has announced Christien Gholson as the winner of the 2015 Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Award. Gholson’s winning book All the Beautiful Dead was released last month.

Judge Anthony Seidman calls All the Beautiful Dead "a harrowing, razor-biting collection which addresses the wounded and the outcast, in a landscape of boxcars, poppies, crows, empty fields, the lights of Las Vegas which can't overpower the open black mouth of the desert night, and the rusted lives and emotional shrapnel ranging from Wales to Colorado, New Mexico to Gaza."

For more information, check out the Bitter Oleander Press shop.
Published April 04, 2016
stereo island mosaic vincent toroStereo. Island. Mosaic. by Vincent Toro was published in February. Winner of the 2015 Sawtooth Prize from Ahsahta Press, selected by Ed Roberson, Toro received a $1,500 honorarium and publication.

Stereo. Island. Mosaic. is, according the author’s statement:
Both a reconstruction of personal history and an examination of Caribbean identity through the postmodern lens of a mosaic woven from Latin American mythology and history, themes of urban migration, Caribbean literature scholar Antonio Benitez-Rojo’s theory of The Repeating Island, and Aime Cesaire’s application of Negritude in his work “Notebook of a Return to the Native Land.”
This is Toro’s first book of poetry, and copies can be found at the Ahsahta Press website, along with the full author's statement.
Published March 31, 2016
passages northPassages North #37 showcases the winners of their 2015 contests:

2015 Thomas Hrushka Memorial Nonfiction Prize
Judge: Steven Church
Winner: Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson, “On Nostalgia”

2015 Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize
Judge: Lynn Emanuel
Winner: Lindsay Means, “Antikythera”
Honorable Mention: K.T. Landon, “The Dead Go Bowling”

Included with the purchase of this issue is a separate book: The Deathmask of El Gaucho by Dan Mancilla, winner of the  Little Presque Books Novella Contest. Little Presque was founded and is run by former Passages North managing editor, Timston Johnston.

And an added bonus: two brand new flash nonfiction pieces by Ander Monson from his Letters to a Future Lover series are tucked in the journal, because, as Monsoon said, they were "written and designed to be read unbound and looseleaf, and tucked into books, as the reader desires."

[Cover art by Evan Prout.]
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